Hallam student takes flight

Cadet Tom Williams
Cadet Tom Williams
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A South Yorkshire Air Cadet was given the flight of his life, after being voted ‘best cadet’ by his squadron.

Cadet Warrant Officer Tom Williams took to the sky in a Hawk T2 jet at RAF Valley in Wales recently - his prize in recognition of an outstanding seven-year cadet career.

Nineteen-year-old Tom, a student at Sheffield Hallam University, is getting ready to retire from 148 Barnsley Squadron.

At the end of his final Air Training Corps camp at Royal Air Force Valley, the staff and cadets voted for the ‘best overall cadet’ on camp and Tom was thrilled to receive the honour.

He told the newspaper: “I was massively shocked and proud to be granted a flight aboard the Hawk T2.

“There were plenty of safety checks and a medical check before I could get all kitted out and into the aircraft, but then it was phenomenal.

“We flew all around the surrounding area of Anglesey, Wales and I was even given a chance to take the controls for a little while, which was incredible.

“With the M-Suit and G-pants I was wearing, the G forces were punishing at times, but that just made the experience all the more exhilarating.”

CI Rachael Parkes, of Barnsley Squadron, said: “As with all our cadets, we are very proud of Tom and the flight in the Hawk T2 was the perfect ending to an outstanding cadet career. “As Tom turns 20 next month his time in the Air Cadets comes to a close and we will be sad to see him go.”

Tom added: “After all that I have achieved over the last seven years in the Air Cadets and the camps I have attended, this was the perfect round off and swan song to my ATC camp life.

“Thank you to those who believed I deserved it and made it possible.”